Film Documentary Realia: “I Speak Arabic” (The Immigrant Experience in US Schools Through the Eyes of Arabic Speakers)
Posted by Mourad Diouri on February 8, 2008
The first of its kind, the documentary film on Arabic heritage speakers “I Speak Arabic” is a timely contribution to the field of heritage language teaching and learning.
The film was created by Diana Scalera, who teaches Spanish to heritage students in New York City.
It features a diverse group of East Coast Arabic heritage language speakers, parents, instructors and two experts in the field of heritage language teaching and learning.
This film’s balanced combination of interviews with members of the community and teachers of Arabic heritage speakers on the one hand, and specialists in the field of heritage language on the other, makes it a valuable resource for both groups.
While the film is rich with personal stories, it also presents a coherent and accessible theoretical basis for understanding how heritage speakers learn.
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